Sardar Singh who was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna last year is likely to announce his retirement from internationals later this week after a disappointing performance at Asian Games 2018.
India bagged third position in the Asians after losing the semifinal to Malaysia which provoked harsh criticism from the officials targeted towards Singh, because of his being the senior most player in the team.
This constant questioning of Singh’s capabilities might have prompted his decision to quit Internationals.
Though nothing has been disclosed yet by Singh in this front but the National coach Harendra Singh confirmed he had spoken to Sardar about the decision.
Showing his disappointment over Singh’s decision, Harendra Singh said that he has been a legend of the game both at national and international level.
Sardar had been dropped for the Commonwealth Games earlier this year with Hockey India favouring youngsters but fought his way back into the side for the Champions Trophy, where India won a second successive silver, and the Asian Games.
With India hosting the World Cup at the end of this year and the road ahead to Tokyo Olympics long and winded with a complex qualification process, Sardar’s experience would have been handy for the team. As such, Indian hockey will now have to do without it.